An Indian restaurant in Christchurch is struggling after both of its chefs were badly injured in the Christchurch terror attacks. Ahmed Iqbal Jahangir and Mohammad Sahadat both worked at the Bawarchi Indian restaurant, which is closed while the two recover in hospital.
“I can't open it at the moment,” said Barwachi owner Azeem Mohammed. “I do not have a team now. They were both very important people for the restaurant. They were the main two people who were running everything.”
Mohammed flew down to Christchurch to be with Sahadat, who has no family in New Zealand.
“It was very important for me to fly down.”
He also had praise for Ahmed Iqbal Jahangir.
“He is a very nice person, very responsible, very hard working and very polite.”
Sahadat moved to Christchurch from India to work as a chef. He was shot in the shoulder at the Linwood mosque and it may take months for his arm to recover.
Jahangir was also shot in the shoulder, but is in a more serious position. His brother told Stuff that Jahangir had already had three surgeries and there were two more planned. He had moved to Christchurch 12 years ago, where he lived with his wife and two sons. He had worked at Barwachi since it opened in February last year.